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10 Must-Read Children’s Books for the 2014-2015 School Year

10 Must-Read Children’s Books for the 2014-2015 School Year

Engaging children’s literature can be the gateway to a lifelong love of reading for your students. Explore some wonderful new and old favorites this school year and make reading come alive. Here are 10 suggestions to get you started!


11 Free Reading Websites for Kids

11 Free Reading Websites for Kids

At Really Good Stuff, we know that teachers and parents have limited time when it comes to finding free, high-quality online resources for their children.  When we first published the 11 Free Reading Websites for Kids article, we had no idea the response it would have.  In fact, the cry for more resources encouraged us to
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Math Eggs – A Classroom Craft Activity

Math Eggs – A Classroom Craft Activity

Infusing seasonal items into the classroom is an easy way to relate learning to everyday life.  With Easter on the horizon, plastic eggs are everywhere.  With a Sharpie marker in hand, you can quickly and easily turn them into fun math manipulatives for centers.  This is one center that can be completed in about 15
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Pi Day: Pi City Math Activity

Pi Day:  Pi City Math Activity

Pi Day is March 14th and it is the perfect day for celebrating all things math related.  This year, break out of the everyday routine and have students create Pi Cities using Pi as the foundation of the city drawings.


68 Top Pick Books by Teachers

68 Top Pick Books by Teachers

We asked teachers across the country which book they would share with their students if they were only able to choose one.  With over 60 different books on the list, some of the suggestions may surprise you, but all of them are sure to engage young readers.  Did your favorite book make the list?  


5 Writing Center Ideas for Thanksgiving

5 Writing Center Ideas for Thanksgiving

Keeping the writing center stocked with fresh ideas and topics can take a lot of time.  Not only do you have to consider your students’ different writing levels and abilities, but providing content ideas that keep them engaged is not always easy.  The five ideas below will keep students thinking and engaged while they are
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Classroom Craft: Multiplication Houses for Math Centers

Classroom Craft:  Multiplication Houses for Math Centers

Multiplication.  For some students it is one of the most difficult things to master.  While some teachers rely heavily on drills and others promote other methods of learning the facts, there is something to be said for activities that connect the learning of facts with hands-on activities.  Multiplication houses are one way to incorporate that
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11 Free Math Sites for Kids

11 Free Math Sites for Kids

Math centers are a lot more fun when games are involved.  Let your students explore the fun and educational math skills games on these 11 free websites.  They encourage practice with everything from sorting and counting to tessellations and fractions.  Be sure to print out the free downloadable at the end with all of the
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#TeachChat Archive: Making Reading Fun with the Common Core State Standards – September 4, 2013

#TeachChat Archive:  Making Reading Fun with the Common Core State Standards – September 4, 2013

If you missed #TeachChat on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, you missed some great ideas about reading and the Common Core State Standards. Luckily, we have the complete transcript for you below. Thanks to Storify, the transcript is in order and you can read it from top to bottom. Join us on Twitter on Wednesday, September
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21 Read-Aloud Books for the Beginning of the School Year

21 Read-Aloud Books for the Beginning of the School Year

Finding the right read-alouds at the beginning of the school year can help alleviate student anxiety.  For lower elementary grades this is particularly important.  Stock your read-aloud basket with some of the great titles below to get you started.